Kinder-Morgan accused of age discrimination by pipeline worker

Michelle Keahey, East Texas Bureau Apr. 23, 2013, 8:45am

A San Augustine County man has filed an age discrimination lawsuit against Kinder-Morgan claiming the company fired him because of his age and retained younger, less experienced workers. 

Donald Lewis filed suit against Kinder-Morgan Energy Partners on March 14 in Jasper County District Court. The defendant removed the case to the Eastern District of Texas, Beaumont Division on April 12.

Lewis worked for the defendant for approximately 38 years as a pipeline patroller. He was terminated on May 25, 2012, when he was almost 58 years old, when his company was merged with Kinder-Morgan.

Lewis alleges that the defendant retained numerous younger employees who were far less experienced and qualified, according to the suit.

The defendant is accused of age discrimination., the suit states.

The plaintiff is seeking an award of damages for lost income and benefits, liquidated damages, court costs and attorney’s fees.

Lewis is represented by John H. Seale of Seale, Stover & Bisbey in Jasper.

U.S. District Judge Ron Cark is assigned to the case.

Case No. 1:13-cv-00210

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